Years ago I saw a London revival starring Bonnie Langford, that production recreated the original one by Bob Fosse and I simply loved it. Now is time for a new production and I simply loved it.

Done in the small stage of the Menier Chocolate Factory, this winning show has in Tamzin Outhwaite the ideal Charity Hope Valentine; she’s is simply adorable and I just wish they had changed the end so she could marry Oscar. At her side Mark Umbers is a perfect Oscar and a remarkable Vittorio. As her two “dancer” friends, Josefina Gabrielle (who’s also an hilarious Ursula) and Tiffany Graves are having the time of their lives; the rest of the cast plays a multitude of characters with heart and soul and the result is contagious (one word for Ebony Molina who’s simple fantastic in the “The Rich Man’s Frug”).

Matthew White direction hits all the right spots, takes full advantage of the wonderful cast, don’t miss any of the fun stuff and makes us fall in love with Charity.

Although there’s no way to separate this show from the work of Bob Fosse on our imaginary, Stephen Mear had the courage to create new choreographies, strongly inspired by the work of Fosse, and deliver contagious and funny dance numbers.

On the whole this is a great recreation of a true classic of the musical theatre, not to be missed for any reason in the world.